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Boreland is a relatively small block of 340 hectares which lies between Lawers and Fearnan on the north side of Loch Tay.

Although not within Loch Rannoch and Glen Lyon National Scenic Area the woodland borders this, the Ben Lawers Wild Land Area and the Ben Lawers Site of Special Scientific Interest. The woodland is visible along much of the length of Loch Tay. Loch Tay is part of the River Tay Special Area of Conservation. Given the location any rock outcrop is likely to be etched with cup or ring marks.

In terms of forest structure the block is predominantly comprised of commercial conifers with an interesting area of broadleaf woodland on the lower slopes. Boreland has a high proportion of younger crops approaching age of first thinning. There are opportunities to manage the lower ground towards continuous cover for landscape and water quality objectives.

Operationally the ground conditions at Boreland can be challenging. The gradient and numerous water courses mean great care must be given to prevent water pollution during operations. Previous operations have raised concerns over the stability of some of these slopes. An exercise is under way to ascertain if any specific measures are required to help improve stability of the slopes.


Scoping for concerns was undertaken in 2019, proposals for management are being drafted with the aim to submit final draft proposals to Scottish Forestry by August 2021.

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